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Methods of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Aiko Endo (), Kimberly Burnett (), Pedcris Orencio (), Terukazu Kumazawa (), Christopher Wada (), Akira Ishii (), Izumi Tsurita () and Makoto Taniguchi ()
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Aiko Endo: Research Department, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Kimberly Burnett: University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pedcris Orencio: Catholic Relief Service Philippines (Manila Office) Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Department
Terukazu Kumazawa: Center for Research Promotion, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Akira Ishii: Yachiyo Engineering Co., Ltd.
Makoto Taniguchi: Research Department, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

No 2015-12, Working Papers from University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Abstract: This paper focuses on a collection of methods that can be used to analyze the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus. We classify these methods as qualitative or quantitative for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches. The methods for interdisciplinary research approaches can be used to unify a collection of related variables, visualize the research problem, evaluate the issue, and simulate the system of interest. Qualitative methods are generally used to describe the nexus in the region of interest, and include primary research methods such as Questionnaire Surveys, as well as secondary research methods such as Ontology Engineering and Integrated Maps. Quantitative methods for examining the nexus include Physical Models, Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA), Integrated Indices, and Optimization Management Models. The authors discuss each of these methods in the following sections, along with accompanying case studies from research sites in Japan and the Philippines. Although the case studies are specific to two regions, these methods could be applicable to other areas, with appropriate calibration.

Keywords: water-energy-food nexus (WEF); integrated tools; integrated indices; benefit-cost analysis (BCA); optimization management models; integrated maps; ontology engineering; physical models; interdisciplinary; transdisciplinary (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2015-10
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